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TNT Community Updates 27/7
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on July 27, 2018, 1:42 pm NST

Hardtotame has been back answering questions on the Help Chat early this morning.

On the time glitches currently experienced in games like Plushie Tycoon and Food Club:

Time glitches - No immediate plans to fix them, but I can add to them to our backlog.

On the possibility of Plushie Tycoon being updated:

Plushie Tycoon - anything is possible But it isn't probable unless there's a large demand to update the game

On how the conversion from flash to html5 will happen with flash games:

From what I know, the HTML 5 games will replace the Flash ones.
We're working on new HTML 5 games in addition to converting the popular Flash ones.

On the possibility of updating the prize pool for creative contests:

Creative Contest prize pool updates - I've already started that discussion with the team, we're going to update the prize pools

World Challenges
Asking if there will be fixes to the currently broken World Challenges feature:
World Challenges - It's very much on my priority list, but noone's had time to look into it yet.

On the recent announcement that KeyQuest will be remade as a mobile app:
For everyone asking about how KeyQuest will work when it's out - We're still working out the details of how we're going to go about it. We haven't gotten into design or functionality yet at this stage. However, I'll keep a note of all the requests so that they can be considered when it's time.

On the possibility of a Neoboard revamp:
We've talked about revamping the Neoboards a few times. It's something we'd love to do, but I think it will be an independent project, not tied into the optimization of the website.

On the Comic Con avatar counting on your userlookup but not in High Score Tables:
The avatar wasn't meant to count at all, and it was not intentional that it counted on the user lookup.

Hardtotame also shared that fixes for both the AAA's Revenge and Lottery avatars are on her todo list so that they are awarded properly.

On changing items like the Focus of Imminent Destruction or the Gemmed Sword of Light:

Those weapons have been in circulation for a while, so we won't go back and change how they work. Instead, we can look at programming new weapons based on the ideas you've shared.
We want to add new weapons to the HT too, but it's not one of our top priorities right now.

On the possibility of updates to both Neohomes v2 and the original version:
Neohomes are not a top priority for us at this stage.

On a suggestion to expand the Guild Mailer feature for large guilds:
To be honest, we've never talked about those things. We have seen requests to be able to view sent emails, and we'd love to fix that, but we haven't talked about other improvements as such.

On releasing rare stamps as Rare Item Code rewards from real life merch:
Rereleasing stamps through merch codes - No. That would be adding a cost to parts of the site that were previously free.

Site Events
On plans for upcoming site events:
Halloween - We've spoken about just that, but it's too early to confirm anything yet
Plans for new mini events - yes

Legends & Letters
On the confusion last week about whether the new app will use the assets shown at Comic Con or not:
I was referring specifically to the splash screen, because that map doesn't reflect what Neopia looks like now (with FL in the sky). That said, it was more of an informed guess, since I am not part of the Legends team. I know that we're doing a full-fledged story and that it's being represented as a comic. I also know that a fair number of artists are very busy working on the art for the game. I was just trying to say that we aren't trying to take shortcuts with this project. We're going all the way.

On the potential for more languages to be added to the app after launch:
2. Yes there are plans to add more languages to the game as later updates.

International Users
On Chinese players being unable to access the Mall options of the site/event despite being able to buy Neocash itself:
I have no idea why this happens. I do believe a related issue is on our backlog - I will check and add this if it isnt' there already.

On the reasoning behind updates to dailies:
We treat each daily differently. If there are exclusive items that are selling for less than 10 NP, we like to retire them. If they're being pulled in from existing items, we sometimes switch them out and include different ones instead.

General Comments
Hardtotame also mentioned:

  • More pet slots will be added in the future.
  • Suggestions for 2-step verification and a PIN on the Trading Post will be sent to the right people.
  • She will try and hold a Q&A session in the Newbies Neoboard at some point.
  • She will look at altering/removing art using stolen/uncredited sources, and fixing potentially lore/canon breaking items (such as Paper Wrestlers).
  • She will look into invisible Binary_supagoo Bobbleheads still in inventories.
  • She will look into expanding the blocking system to more locations.

Finally, she mentioned that a wider TNT AMA may be an option in the future:

We spoke just this week about doing a TNT AMA for you guys. We'll keep you posted once we finalized the details

Currently next week's date and time are unknown, but hardtotame mentioned that she will update the posts in The Official Neopets Team Message Board to let people know when she will next be available.
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novelista, 07/27/2018, 1:52 pm NST
So people got an avvie for attending SDCC?

jawsch, 07/27/2018, 2:25 pm NST
I'm confused by 2 things HTT has said that don't match what other staff members have said.

CEO said at the after party that KQ was going to be coming out ~90 days after the mobile site launch. He said the mobile site launch would be Q4; so latest December. Which would put KQ around March.
HTT acts like they haven't even started discussing the design of KQ, let alone being able to put it out by the time the CEO said it would.
Doesn't make sense.

Then HTT says they've talked about revamping the boards but no decisions made yet on FB; Neopets replied to a user a few months back telling them to keep an eye out because an update to the neoboards was in the works.

Both instances; One staff member implies things are already being worked on while HTT claims work hasn't even been started yet. It would be one thing if maybe their projected timelines were a bit off, that's to be expected but to go from 'We are working on it' to 'We haven't st

jawsch, 07/27/2018, 2:26 pm NST

But to go from "We are working on it" to "we haven't even started yet" are two vastly different things.

1jediboy, 07/27/2018, 2:49 pm NST
I approve of the fixing of the lore/canon hurting art being revamped, but exactly which pieces are to be updated? Will there be a new "hoo-man" section to Drsloth.com?

(How do you pronounce this speculated-to-exist alien race's name? "human"

1jediboy, 07/27/2018, 2:49 pm NST

1jediboy, 07/27/2018, 2:50 pm NST
I've discovered the source of the winking emoji glitch!
Put a " next to a ) and it turns the ) into a wink!

tyuio_k50, 07/27/2018, 3:03 pm NST
@jawsch I don't recall the CEO saying KeyQuest was to arrive sometime following the mobile site. I believe what he said instead was that Letters & Legends was to be within 90 days of the mobile site, or vice versa. KeyQuest was more of a mention, wasn't it?

jessicamichelle_, 07/27/2018, 3:06 pm NST
Wait what's the issue with the Paper Wrestlers? Humans exist in the Neopets universe, pet owners and staff. At least I thought? And LOL @ the thought of TNT engaging with the Newbie chat

ummy - JN Staff, 07/27/2018, 3:07 pm NST
I don't think we have any confirmation KQ is in production, just that it is planned. We only know of the 2 mobile games being developed and the app for the site.

will - JN Staff, 07/27/2018, 3:13 pm NST
"CEO said at the after party that KQ was going to be coming out ~90 days after the mobile site launch."

This is NOT what was said. He said the mobile site was expected within 90 days of Legends.

will - JN Staff, 07/27/2018, 3:16 pm NST
The real bummer for me here is "Suggestions for 2-step verification and a PIN on the Trading Post will be passed on."

Quite a few people have asked for 2FA of some sort and it's really not a bad idea.

1jediboy, 07/27/2018, 3:33 pm NST
@jessicamichelle_ - I think the TNT staff are a floating subject that is canon to the site but not in the lore of Neopia being a planet. Pet owners TECHNICALLY are neopets as well. We just portray ourselves as these silly alien creatures in the comics.

Hoo-mans are a messy subject that technically shouldn't exist on neopia. (I have a headcanon that any visiting aliens pass through a "species-barier" when they enter the atmosphere which makes them turn into neopets to avoid fear or discrimination.)

jawsch, 07/27/2018, 4:27 pm NST
// This is NOT what was said. //

According to someone who attended the after-party and had a one-on-one discussion with David Lord; they said that's what they were told by him.

I asked them twice to make sure I understood them correctly. They said "The CEO told me last night it (KQ) will be coming out with the mobile site". They were reluctant to even tell me that because they said it was a "hush hush" conversation but they told me that after HTT made the comment on her first board and mentioned KQ.

The 90 days thing was my mistake (I was at work when I wrote the comment, was unable to read the messages they'd sent me).

dave - JN Staff, 07/27/2018, 4:46 pm NST
@jawsch: In all the accounts I received, we haven't heard any confirmed dates about a mobile KQ launch, nor any rumblings about it even being in active development.

If it's actually happening and is a hush hush thing, then hardtotame probably isn't going to be saying anything about it in her Q&A's.

Plus, if you take a look at HTT's Q&A from literally the week before Comic-Con, she says:

> To clarify, I did not say "KeyQuest is coming back". I said it MAY come back.

And the next week we get the announcement, so she's clearly being careful with revealing too much.

chibiaden14, 07/27/2018, 6:52 pm NST
What exactly does 'TNT AMA' mean????

1jediboy, 07/27/2018, 7:53 pm NST
The Neopets Team: Ask Me Anything

mac, 07/27/2018, 7:57 pm NST
The player only exists in site canon, along with TNT. There are instances where site characters will talk directly to the player, but that is done out of necessity and nothing more. TNT are considered guardians in site lore and do not exist in Neopia.

mac, 07/27/2018, 8:10 pm NST
Since nothing in the Neopian Times is canon, users are free to interpret Neopets however they see fit and add themselves to comics if they want to, have their 'pets interact with canon Neopets characters, etc.

ducky - JN Staff, 07/27/2018, 8:41 pm NST
Yes. CEOs def tell random people hush hush things.

1jediboy, 07/27/2018, 9:32 pm NST
Where was it said the TNT are guardians?

dave - JN Staff, 07/27/2018, 10:29 pm NST
Not sure where it says TNT are guardians specifically, but this is how snarkie explains the duality of Neopets canon:

> Two bibles. One for the world and one for the site. That duality of the brand – site vs world – was a hard thing to explain to people. The world lore didn’t have humans, Neopets took care of themselves, Neopia Central didn’t actually have a movie theatre in it, things like that. The site bible explained human involvement, who TNT was, which parts of the site were canon, etc. The upkeep on them was REALLY tough, though, so they weren’t very up-to-date. (That’s kind of what the Creative team was, collectively: Living Brand Bibles.)

mac, 07/27/2018, 11:50 pm NST
It isn't specifically stated anywhere "official" if you catch my drift. That was the feeling intended by TNT.

1jediboy, 07/28/2018, 12:47 am NST
@Dave - THIS is why they NEED to hire extremely dedicated Neopians when they make a Neopets animated production! (In the future)

If they get the lore wrong, it’s going to IRK the entirety of the fandom!!! THAT will make it forgettable in our eyes, if it’s something we WANT to forget!

Were there tangible versions of these two Neopets bibles or was it more of a symbolic thing? Also,

1jediboy, 07/28/2018, 12:50 am NST
Are the planets from assignment 53 fictional planets for the game, real canon planets in neopia’s solar system, or “based” off real planets that haven’t thoroughly been explored?

There’s so much potential for a cult-following hit series it HURRRTS!!!!!!!

1jediboy, 07/28/2018, 12:52 am NST
(Which shouldn’t come soon right now because they’re still recuperating. I accept that. That’s one of the reasons why it hurts. Because I know it’s not coming soon.)

mac, 07/28/2018, 1:38 am NST
The bibles are tangible and JS still has them. The bible containing Neopia lore is out of date. The site lore bible (the pitch bible) however is not and outlines things like what Dave wrote in his post. When TNT was laid off in 2015, JS removed everyone in creative positions who understood how Neopets works. That's when humans started showing up, Neopets were treated as if they were animals in item descriptions, etc.

The dynamic between fansites and the current Neopets staff have flipped. JS regularly references JN's Book of Ages and other Neopets fansites if they need to know something about Neopets. If they didn't have them they would be completely in the dark right now.

1jediboy, 07/28/2018, 2:18 am NST
THEY ARE!?!? They do?

They should probably sell copies of those to dedicated Neopians! They’d be collector’s items!
(Or at least show us what the book looks like!)

herdy - JN Staff, 07/28/2018, 3:59 am NST
Eh, not to blow my own horn, but the Book of Ages is both more in depth and accurate than those lore bibles. Like snarkie once said, they didn’t get updated often.

combustibles, 07/28/2018, 8:41 am NST
It'd be nice if they're going to do an AMA. Maybe on an offsite that's known for AMAs..

alessia, 07/29/2018, 1:13 am NST
WOOOOW!! This is the first time that I hear about World Challenges being on her priority list!!! They have always told that were not interested in resuming it.

1jediboy, 07/29/2018, 2:44 am NST
I have a few questions regarding lore.
First, World-lore wise, do ALL these plots literally take place within just a few years from each other? Or do they take place within several tens or hundreds of years?
Second, some characters’ neopedia articles still have the same age after so many years! AAA’s been 14 for a very long time!
Lastly, what was the world canon explanation that they started counting the years just two decades ago? Y20?

herdy - JN Staff, 07/29/2018, 2:50 am NST
Plots take place at the points they are released.
Characters do age, but by different amounts - AAA is no longer 14, he’s in college now. Neopedia ages are not accurate.
There currently is no explanation for the dating system.

mac, 07/29/2018, 6:36 am NST
AAA is fully aware of the passage of time because he's an annual site event character. On top of that, he celebrated Neopia's 10th birthday even though he was canonically 14. He has also told players they need to "log-in" to participate in his events. He KNOWS, man.

1jediboy, 07/29/2018, 10:35 am NST
Thank you Herdy! We can always count on you when it comes to neopian history!

@Mac - Are you saying... HE'S A FOURTH WALL BREAKER?!?!
He CAN'T be one of THEM!!! Maybe there's an explanation for that! *nervous smile* Maybe "log-on" means visit? Maybe there was a BIG unexplained event that caused the year counting 20 years ago that they just don't talk about! Maybe... m... maybe... HE CAN'T BE A FOURTH WALL BREAKER!!!!!

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